Informal caregiving resources are lower for women than men with Parkinson disease (PD), despite the finding that their caregivers report less strain than those of men, a recent study found. In addition, women are more likely to use formal, paid caregivers. Therefore, strategies to improve access to caregiving, particularly for women, are needed. This was a cross-sectional and longitudinal study among participants with PD enrolled in the National Parkinson Foundation Parkinson's Outcomes Project from 2009 to 2014 at 21 international sites. A total of 7,209 participants (63% men, 37% women) with PD were evaluated. Men had a mean age of 66.0 (SD 9.8) years, and women had a mean age of 66.9 (SD 9.7) years. Researchers found:
- More men than women had a caregiver (88.4% vs 79.4%).
- Caregivers of men reported greater strain than those of women.
- These differences persisted after controlling for age, disease stage, number of comorbidities, cognitive and mobility measures, and health-related quality of life.
Dahodwala N, Shah K, He Y, et al. Sex disparities in access to caregiving in Parkinson disease. [Published online ahead of print December 1, 2017]. Neurology. doi:10.1212/WNL.0000000000004764.
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